Report of Task Force on Test and Evaluation
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR (DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING) WASHINGTON DC
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The Task Force has summarized and delineated procedures to be observed and general guidelines to be followed for the use of members of the Department of Defense and the developers of weapons systems in preparing, reviewing and monitoring the test and evaluation aspects of development programs. A check list of items that must be covered has been prepared as an additional aid. The report presents guidance on T and E at two distinct levels. At the most general level, the report discusses a number of issues which are appropriate for all weapons systems acquisition programs, and are generally matters of basic policy. These issues are reliability, computer software, human factors, the T and E gap, functional specifications versus design specifications, offensedefense testing, portable instrumentation, ship testing, and test planning. Next, a general checklist of items is presented which is organized for a rapid overall review of T and E aspects, generally applicable to all systems development and deployment.